Another new campaign begins with much promise for the Shamrocks on Saturday evening as Paddy Geraghty takes the first team into Division 1 action with a late tie against Zum Schneider.
The 9pm kick-off at Randalls Island 70 will be one of two games getting the new CSL season underway this weekend with two brand new names gracing the top flight: Sporting SC and KidSuper Samba AC.
Some new faces will be on show with Darren Coleman and John McAleenan both enjoying a well-deserved promotion from the reserves while former Drogheda United forward Aaron Ashe should be an interesting signing for the club.
“We are excited to get started on Saturday,” said Geraghty.
“It’s a very tough division with no easy games but we’ll go into it looking to compete with every team we play. We’ve added some quality players to our squad so hopefully we can gel quickly.
“Kevin Grogan has set a tough act to follow and he’s been great behind the scenes in player recruitment. I’m looking forward to working with (new assistant coach) Zachary Gosse who has invaluable experience in this league and I’m happy to welcome back Dan Giorgi and Stuart Colbert who add the leadership that’s always needed.
“Hopefully we’ll get some good support on Saturday night and get the result we want.”
In the curtain raiser, another new gaffer will see his first action as Kevin McPhillips – assisted by player coach Rob Gaynor – looks to start on a high note against Zum.
“I was at the State Cup final victory last season,” said McPhillips.
“The team has already enjoyed a lot of success so I’m looking forward to try and build more on that.”
Meanwhile, with the newly formed Division 3 set to be very competitive, Shamrocks 1960 coach Rob O’Neill has been busy rebuilding his squad over the summer after missing out on trophies last season.
The 1960s will take to the field in the last of a unique triple header at Randalls Island 75 on Sunday (6pm), preceded by games for the Legends and the Over 30s.
Mick Mc Anea stays on as O’Neill’s right hand man while Kevin Farrell has been added to the coaching set-up.
“Getting promoted last year was massive for us,” said O’Neill. “Looking forward to a year of more competitive games and a push for silverware hopefully.”
The CSL finally has an Over 40s division after five years of building up to this weekend’s historic moment. The Legends and Over 30s take on their Greek American counterparts at 2pm and 4pm respectively.
John Riordan has added Joe Connolly as an assistant coach with Ducky Kelly remaining on board. Some new blood has been added to the squad, not least of which Shamrocks legend Mike Bishop returning to the club.
“We missed out on the play-offs last season so the aim this year is to go one better and challenge for honors,” said Riordan.
“We need more consistency and we definitely need some extra players to make sure we can get through some tough battles ahead. We’ll enjoy it, as always!”